Iraqi President Fuad Masum
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) Iraq’s President has stressed that his country would not allow Turkey to make any military incursions at the northern region, but voiced concern about a possible reproduction of the Turkish operation against Kurdish factions in Syria.
Speaking in an interview with London-based al-Hayat, Fuad Masum stressed that “after the withdrawal of the party (Kurdistan Workers Party- PKK), no foreign force can come and occupy any part of Iraq.
Masum, however, asked about the possibility of Turkey copying its operations against Kurdish factions in Syria’s Afrin to Iraq, said “We hope they do not take that step”.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech last month that his country would, at any time, launch operations in Iraq’s northern Sinjar region against PKK, a group designated by Ankara as a terrorist group for engaging in decades of armed confrontations with it. He said in a more recent speech that Turkey would not ask for permission to start the operations.
Ankara has regularly conducted airstrikes against PKK locations in northern Iraq. Turkey has also been carrying out offensives since January against Kurdish People’s Protection Units- YPG in Afrin, northwest of Syria, which it believes are extension of the PKK.